KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA

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Drummer - Percussionist


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JOURNEY

Fascinated with rhythmic music and dance at an early age, Kevin set out on a lifelong path of learning, sharing, performing, and recording. Through world travels for music work and education he has developed a rich vocabulary that has landed him in bands and ensembles all over the spectrum of cultural origins.

Kevin developed many of his skills with master musicians Billy Hart, Judy Moonert, Boris Amontete Tchango, Zoumana Dembele, Ustad Mulazim Hussain, and Guruvayur Dorai.

Kevin is currently working primarily with the roots Americana band The Steel Wheels, but he performs and tours regularly with other artists and dance companies around the world. Kevin currently lives in New York City. Visit his Tour page and catch a performance near you.

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ARTISTS

Kevin is currently performing with The Steel Wheels, Hazmat Modine, Gato Loco, 9 Horses, Pape Armand Boye, Sky White Tiger, Coyloup, Fever High, Music For Enophiles, Czarina and Karla Rose and The Thorns. 

Kevin also works with Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, The Duhks, Natalie MacMaster, Bright Light Bright Light, MC Frontalot, Gabriel Kahane, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, MC Lars, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, Kerrigan/Lowdermilk, Walter Parks, Clinton Curtis, Charlie Rosen, and Justin Levine, among other artists, ensembles, and bands. 

Guest appearances with: Bombino, Jerry Douglas, Elephant Revival, De Temps Antan, Alash Tuvan Throat Singers, Donna The Buffalo, Le Poules à Colin, Hangai, Coig, Tony McMannis, Paul McKenna, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba.

Musicals

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording) 

Fun Home on Broadway (Designated Drummer, Percussionist) 

Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording)

Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist)

 BCEFA Presents: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Drummer, Percussionist)


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DAnce

Kevin composes music and accompanies professional dance companies and choreographers. Kevin worked with Merce Cunningham and MCDC for 10 years, and recorded his technique music for The Legacy.

Currently Kevin works with Seán Curran, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Tito Del Saz, Michael Leon Thomas, Jeremy Nelson, Pamela Pietro, Karen Gayle, JoLea Maffei, Maura Donahue, David Capps, and Joya Powell. Kevin is on staff at NYU, Hunter, and Steps on Broadway.

Kevin has also worked with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, and Saeko Ichinohe.

Kevin was composer in residence at Barnard College in 2003, and served as Music Director of Gil Stroming's Jump Convention.

STUDIO

Kevin works in several New York City area based recording studios making creative drum set and percussion recordings with a wide variety of artists. Kevin also records in his home studio in Brooklyn.

Check out Kevin's Audio and Discography pages to hear and see some of the artists Kevin has recorded with.

Kevin and Pape Armand Boye are building a recording studio and developing a production team in Dakar, Sénégal. The facility is called La Boutique Studios and will be fully operational in 2018.

Overdub recording services for artists looking to add drums and percussion to their recordings is available. Visit Kevin's Gear page to see pictures of his collection of interesting instruments. 

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PRESS

"Percussionist Kevin Garcia is a wonder. His varied instruments allow him to create different tones and textures. His drum solo late in the show was as engaging as it was impressive while also in keeping with the expressive playing he offered all evening."  -The Gazette

PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner 1998. 

NPR Folk Alley's Top Ten Artists of 2014.

Ambassador Musician to Belgium, France, Germany, and Poland. 

Made Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International De Louisiane.

Fun fact: Kevin signed a drumstick for Questlove after playing Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.